Yara’s West Sacramento Terminal was recently welcomed as the newest Yara North America facility in the U.S. While continually operational since Yara purchased the West Sacramento facility from Agrium in December 2015, this event acknowledged the transition of the terminal to a fully integrated Yara site.
Immediately after acquiring the facility, Yara converted the former urea ammonium nitrate (UAN ) production plant into an import terminal for UAN and urea, which it receives from the U.S. and overseas. Most recent improvements include completely reskinning the 29,000 MT urea warehouse, utilizing energy-efficient translucent panels to allow natural light to enter. The dock is currently being redesigned to improve safety and efficiencies during dry vessel discharge operations.
“West Sacramento is an important part of our growth ambitions,” said Magnus Ankarstrand, President of Yara North America, during the opening presentation. “It is a large site with additional available capacity and our aim is to grow it, utilizing the flexibility of the free capacity to optimize our distribution pattern in California.”
The celebration coincided with National Ag Day. “Yara’s business from the West Sacramento terminal will impact half a million acres of crop production across 20 different large-acre crops, which in turn will generate $500 million of farm revenue this year,” continued Mr. Ankarstrand. “This speaks to the importance of agriculture in the U.S.”